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Events mark Chinese New Year in style

​​​​​​​A bilingual ceilidh, a lantern display and artistic workshops are among University events marking Chinese New Year.

The events, which celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig, showcase Chinese culture and heritage to all ages.

Twist on tradition

The bilingual ceilidh will take place in the University’s St Cecilia’s Hall, Scotland’s oldest concert venue, situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town.

Dances will be called in English and Mandarin to make the evening entertainment accessible to both Chinese and English speakers.

St Cecilia’s Bilingual Ceilidh

Monday 4 February, 18:30 – 20:30  

Tickets cost £8

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Light display

Vibrant lanterns representing Chinese and Scottish mythical creatures will be on display from Tuesday 5 February in Edinburgh Zoo.

The lantern display will also feature depictions of animals from both countries that are protected for conservation.

The Great Lanterns of China exhibition is sponsored by The Confucius Institute for Scotland, which is based at the University.

Watch the Great Lanterns of China video

Engaging events

The Confucius Institute will also host a creative cabin, run by Chinese teachers, at Edinburgh Zoo.

Children can learn traditional Chinese crafts and take their creations home. The event takes place on Tuesday, 5 February, from 6pm.

Additionally, the Institute will run a stall at Edinburgh’s Farmer’s Market on Castle Terrace, where teachers will hold activities for all ages.

Burns supper

A China-Britain Business Council Chinese Burns Supper will be held on 24 January.

The evening will blend Chinese and Scottish entertainment. Acclaimed musician Katie Targett-Adams will sing in Mandarin and English and play the harp.

Related links

St Cecilia’s Bilingual Ceilidh

Find out about the Confucius Institute for Scotland events

Chinese course at the University